Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 3/24/12

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles coaches against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on November 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid responded to a report in the LA Times that suggested Reid threatened to quit as head coach if he didn't get more say in personnel matters.

What amounted to little more than a blurb in a notes column written by Sam Farmer of the LA Times sent the city of Philadelphia and most specifically Eagles fans into a whirlwind yesterday.

Farmer wrote in his column “Two NFL insiders, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, said that Philadelphia Coach Andy Reid was ready to walk away from the Eagles if he didn’t get more personnel control, and now he has it. We’ve seen a flurry of decisive moves by the Eagles in recent weeks, including finally cutting a blockbuster deal with receiver DeSean Jackson; extending two good soldiers, defensive end Trent Cole and right tackle Todd Herremans, outbidding the Ravens to keep guard Evan Mathis; and trading for Pro Bowl linebacker DeMeco Ryans.”

The implication was that Andy Reid made a play to seize more power in personnel decisions by threatening to quit as the head coach, a position he has held for 13 years. It was a bold statement, and as the piece says, could explain why the Philadelphia Eagles have started to make some decisions that fans of this team have come to NOT expect in recent years. A number of people have indicated that Reid was tired of the DeSean Jackson situation, having wanted the team to sign Jackson last season. The Eagles, who made a huge splash on the free agency market last year, have turned their focus inward this year, taking the time to do what’s right by players on the team already. Trent Cole and Todd Herremans are both players that have played at a high level and have not complained. They go about their business are the consummate team guys. Sitting back while the team heaped money on new players last year must have been a bit difficult to swallow. But again, they did not complain.

DeSean Jackson is whole different story that I won’t get into here.

One thing that has driven Eagles fans nuts over the past several years is Andy Reid’s unswerving loyalty to his players and his outright unwillingness to divulge his inner most thoughts with media and fans. People are tired of Andy Reid’s press conferences where he says nothing and seems to do so arrogantly.

To Andy Reid’s credit, like it or not, he has commanded the respect of his players by always being supportive in public and never throwing them under the bus (except for that odd situation with David Akers). I have to admit that all of the free agent signings last year seemed markedly out of character for this franchise. Could that be because it wasn’t Reid pulling the strings? There has been talk for years that Reid’s power has been eroding in the Eagles hierarchy.

If the LA Times report is accurate, it would make total sense. If Reid did steal more power in personnel decisions, it would stand to reason that he would take care of his guys. And that is exactly what has happened. Why in the world would the Eagles not sign DeSean Jackson last year, leaving Jackson miserable and a distraction to the team, and then suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere decide to extend him? It makes no sense on the surface.

Something else that would seem to support this report is that Reid didn’t hold his season end press conference until 6 weeks after the season was over.
Most of us speculated that it was because Reid was trying to sort out what he was going to do with Juan Castillo, but it is wholly possible that there was more going on. Reid contended that he was mulling things over, but the whole thing seemed off. Could the hold up have been Reid’s standoff? It makes sense to me.

The Eagles have always been good at putting on a unified front. In keeping with the tradition, Reid issued a statement refuting the report.

“As far as the personnel control, I have had final say on personnel matters for quite some time here and that’s never been an issue or a point of contention. Our front office works very well together and that’s one of our strengths.” Reid said.

Andy Reid also addressed reports that the Philadelphia Eagles, at his urgence, briefly entered the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.  The report goes that Manning turned down the opportunity with the Eagles because he would have had to face his brother Eli, QB of the Super Bowl champion Giants, twice a year.

“I have the highest regard for Peyton Manning, but as I said publicly last month, that wasn’t the direction we were heading in. Michael is our guy.” Reid said in the statement.

While it may drive fans nuts, Andy’s loyalty and secrecy has obviously served him well. His players love him, and in the end, he’ll need that love if he ever hopes to win a Super Bowl.

I personally don’t care of Reid holds his press conferences and doesn’t speak at all. I don’t care if he lies continually. That would all just be a continuation of what we’ve come to expect. More importantly, it has little to no bearing at all on how the team plays. The end will justify the means IF Reid can win a Super Bowl. That’s all that should matter to anyone.

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